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Benefits Available from the for Low Income Persons

Note: All able bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties will be limited to three months of SNAP unless they fulfill work requirements.

Program Who is eligible? What is provided? Time limits? Work requirements?
*TANF Temporary Aid to Needy FamiliesFamilies with dependent children (natural parents or other relatives), & pregnant womenCash – 1 person 205/mo 2 people 316/mo 3 people 403/moYes, 60 months (5 yrs.) in an adult’s lifetime.(Some exceptions) Usually yes, as set forth in a written agreement. After 24 months, usually must work at least 20 hours per week.
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)TANF & GA house- holds and almost all other low income citizens (income limit is higher than for other programs)Credits to buy food & plants or seeds to grow food. Amount depends on size & income of household. Max. for family of 2 is $355 (add $146 for each additional member)Generally no, some able bodied childless adults are limited to 3 months in a 3 year period if not workingYes, but they are mandatory only for able bodied adults (aged 18-49) without dependents.
MA Medical AssistanceTANF & GA households, other low income persons may be eligible – there are several categoriesAccess (fee for service) or enrollment in a managed care program which provides medical services from participating providersNoNo
LIHEAP Low Income Home Energy Assistance ProgramHomeowners & renters, but some persons living in subsidized housing may not be eligibleGrants to help pay heating bills with amount based on income & type of fuel, and grants to repair/replace heating unit.No, but applications are only taken during a specified time periodNo work requirement. Also no resource limit.

*These programs also provide Special Allowances if you participate in training and employment programs.

This page provides general practical information and is not legal advice. Please consult a lawyer for specific legal advice. Remember – the laws can change, which could change the information provided here. Make sure that you check for updates before relying on this information.

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